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Here we focus exclusively on the cheapest YET most satisfying entertainment to be found around DC. Every week we highlight free and almost free activities, a choice happy hour or two, food specials and hot tips for budget survival. PLEASE POST YOUR FREE EVENTS (FOR FREE!) ON OUR AGENDA PAGE or send us FREE TIPS to [email protected] for inclusion in the future FREE THINGS guide. So, time to plan the week!

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  • Tuesday, April 21  Filmfest DC continues this week with over 40 screenings left to check out, including films from Norway, France, Qatar and India.
  • Tuesday, April 21 – Want to cry and/or feel inspired to do something with your life? Check out the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, which should leave you feeling ready to take on the world, for only $2.
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Learn all about aviation with Living in the Age of Airplanes at the National Air and Space Museum.


  • Thursday, April 23 – Throw it back with a free screening of Casablanca at the Northeast Library for Classic Cinema Night. Hello, Humphrey Bogart.
  • Friday, April 24 – Celebrate William Shakespeare’s birthday all weekend long with Bard in the Yard, which features a modern Shakespeare film adaptation each night for free. Tonight’s pick is Much Ado About Nothing from 1993.
  • Sunday, April 26 – Check out the 2007 Best Picture winner No Country for Old Men at Tenley-Friendship Library, and witness Javier Bardem at this best.


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  • ALL BASEBALL SEASON LONG – check out our Happy Hour Hotline for baseball related specials.
  • Thursday, April 23 Pizza Studio is celebrating their opening by giving out free pizza between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. You heard us right, FREE PIZZA.
  • Friday, April 24 – Truckeroo is back with over 20 food trucks parked across from the Navy Yard Metro Station. Cheap food, good weather, it’s everything you’re looking for.
  • Saturday, April 25 – Missed the food trucks yesterday? No worries, for just $15 you can enjoy the Taste of 3 Cities.


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  • Tuesday, April 21 – D.C. Public Library worker and Iowa Writers Workshop graduate Angela Flournoy stops by Busboys and Poets Brookland to discuss her debut novel The Turner House.


  • Tuesday, April 21 – The Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts its annual New Play Festival tonight and tomorrow night starting at 7 p.m. Stop by for free shows and check out D.C.’s latest talent.
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Discuss the right of privacy at Busboys and Poets Takoma with Robert Scheer, who recently released his tenth book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies are Destroying Democracy.
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Dance Place hosts the Fieldwork Spring Showing, which features a variety of different artistic approaches, including theater, visual art, live music, literature and dance.
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Join Washington Post weddings and relationship reporter Ellen McCarthy at Sixth & I for a discussion about her hilarious new book The Real Thing: Lessons on Love and Life from a Wedding Reporter’s Notebook.
  • Friday, April 24 – It’s day one of the Georgetown French Market! Check out the open-air market for shopping, music and delicious French food.


  • Friday, April 24 – Swing by DCAC for the opening reception of artist Justin D. Strom’s exhibit Self/Non-Self: Sequence and Abstraction.
  • Friday, April 24 – Artist’s Proof hosts the opening reception of its newest exhibit, Trading Futures, which features art from a handful of promising, young local artists.
  • Saturday, April 25 – Head over to Room & Board for an adoption event with City Dogs Rescue, and check out all the cute pups. Who knows, you might even go home with one.


  • Saturday, April 25 – Learn why some people choose not to have kids during a reading with author Meghan Daum, the writer behind Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision not to Have Kids, at Politics and Prose.
  • Saturday, April 25 – Celebrate Saint George’s Day and World Book Day at Dupont Circle with Sant Jordi’s Book Fair & Rose Festival, and check out D.C. booksellers while munching on some food truck treats.

That’s all, remember – PLEASE POST YOUR FREE EVENTS (FOR FREE!) ON OUR AGENDA PAGE or send us FREE TIPS to [email protected] for inclusion in the future FREE THINGS guide. Feel free to leave us your suggestions in the comments. Sharing is the new caring.